“It’s an honor to see it on paper, but we also know that the real work is done on the floor,” South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley said.
“We know we still have to defend our title. We respect every team and coach in this conference, and we know we will be tested every time we step on the court. So, whether we were picked first, second or eighth, it doesn’t matter. The true test starts in January.”
Staley has worked incredibly hard at helping the South Carolina program get to the point it is at.
The head coach has recruited top talent in the nation like A’Ja Wilsona and Jatarie White to be apart of a loaded Gamecock roster.
South Carolina begins its Southeastern Conference play with Auburn in January and makes its way to March before the SEC tournament begins. The Gamecocks are also throwing in a loop and playing reigning national champs Connecticut February 9.
Placed directly behind South Carolina in the preseason rankings the Tennessee Lady Vols will be a swift match-up on February 23. Tennessee will make its way to Columbia for the contest and the Gamecocks will possess home-advantage.
South Carolina officially starts play against Coker in an exhibition game November 2 at Colonial Life Arena.